I find NOTHING on the FCC website that says this has been approved.
This is another clarification on ARRL's part to try and get it approved.
I think this is a good move, I think another good move would be if they can bring back the code requirement for Extra. There are so many that have never touched a radio that has tested all the way to extra, they then come on the forums and ask what radio they should buy or what coax they should use. It devalues the Extra Class ham and the testing in general.
I like this proposal as it gives new operators something to do other than 2m and 10m phone - one of which is dead most of the time and the other which doesn't really give tech's the fun or feel of the HF part of the hobby. There are so many tech's that never go further and I think this opportunity might give them that boost of excitement to continue further down the rabbit hole.
I thought they were going to allow phone on 20 though. Bummer that isn't included as I think that would be the most interesting/accessible for Tech's.
I have managed to get myself in a lot of heated aarguments on this subject. As I said way too many these days can memorize the answers and test out without learning a damn thing. I have seen it on the Facebook groups, they say "Hey I just passed my extra! What antenna should I buy?" My answer to them is always you're an extra figure it out. Then I ask how long have you been a ham and inveriently the answer is two weeks. I am all for helping out but come on....What was wrong with the idea that if you wanted more privileges you actually studied and upgraded your ticket class? People are just too quick to stick out the hand and say "GIMMIE GIMMIE" these days. Same as for having more tech requirements.Back then people actually LEARNED things other than memorizing answers to questions.